Christopher Smith is a wildlife artist from Suttons Bay, Michigan. He specializes in dogs and wildlife scenes for pet owners and wildlife lovers across the country.
Chris has illustrated more than 24 hunting and fishing books. He is a freelance illustrator for The Retriever Journal, The Pointing Dog Journal, Ducks Unlimited, Just Labs, Upland Almanac, and Ruffed Grouse Society magazines, as well as a freelance writer. Chris is author and illustrator of Field Guide to Upland Bird and Waterfowl Identification, and is co-author with brother Jason of Waterfowling Horizons. He is working on another waterfowl hunting book, Small Water Waterfowling, slated for release in September, 2018. His newest book, Small Water Waterfowling, was releasedin October, 2018, and can be found on this website.
Smith's recent entry of a pair of wigeon in a hunting scene placed first in the contest for the 2018 Michigan State Duck Stamp. He also took first place in the 2016, 2014, and 2005 Michigan State Duck Stamp Contests, second in 2013, and placed first in 2009 and 2014 for the Michigan Ducks Unlimited Sponsor Artist of the Year. He placed in the final round of the 2018 Federal Duck Stamp Contest, and his entry is currently on national tour with the other top 19 entries, as was his 2016 entry. He also has painted the 2013 and 2018 Print of the Year for the Ruffed Grouse Society.
Chris attended NMC in Traverse City, MI in 1990, and is a graduate from Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, MI, with a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Management. He and wife, Lani, an art teacher in Leelanau County, have two children and an obnoxious Labrador. He has hunted and fished across much of North America, adding hands-on experiences to his formal education in the wildlife sciences.